Arizona, 11 other states granted injunction in suit over vaccine mandate for health care workers
PHOENIX — Arizona and 11 other states were granted a nationwide injunction Tuesday in a lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for certain health care workers.
The injunction granted by the District Court for the Western District of Louisiana puts on hold the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services COVID-19 vaccine mandate on facilities that receive federal funding.
The suit alleges the mandate exceeds the agency’s authority and violates the Social Security Act’s prohibition on regulations that control the hiring and firing of health care workers.
It also argues that the vaccine policy violates multiple federal laws, clauses, and doctrines and the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, according to court documents.
The complaint was filed Nov. 15.
“Today, we won a major victory for our health care heroes across the country,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a press release.
Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia also signed on to the complaint.
All the states involved have Republican attorneys general.
Arizona also is part of a separate multistate suit challenging Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules that say companies with more than 100 employees must require unvaccinated workers to take weekly tests and wear face masks.